Posts Tagged ‘Omar Vizquel

29
Sep
09

Omar Vizquel is the “Most Interesting Man in the World”

Vizquel Bull FightTexas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel is a man of diverse interests; one of the smoothest fielding shortstops in baseball history with 2700+ hits to boot, kangaroo owner, semi-accomplished oil painter and last winter he added anaconda hunter to his resume. This winter’s new challenge: bullfighting.

“Just go and learn the basics and stuff,” Vizquel said. “It’s one of my things on the to-do list. There’s a lot of things still to do.”

Among the other items on the 42-year-old Vizquel’s to-do list: flying in an F-16 jet, parachuting and attending the Triple Crown horse races.

His adventure last winter involved heading to a wildlife refuge in his home of¬†Venezuela to find an anaconda; 4 hours into their trip they found one. The 5′ 9″ Vizquel showed a video to his teammates during spring training showing him holding the 11 foot snake by the tail and then holding the head of the reptile, mouth agape and with it trying to coil.

“Anacondas already done, that’s a dream I’ve already conquered,” Vizquel said.

“Bullfighting? You are the most interesting man in the world,” said first baseman Chris Davis after hearing the news.

Vizquel isn’t done with baseball though, hoping to return with the Rangers next year for what would be his 22nd year in the bigs.

[ESPN]

21
Jul
09

Omar Vizquel, Kind of a Weird Dude

omarkangarooWe’ve seen Omar Vizquel’s prowess with the glove on the field and his “skill” with a paintbrush but I was never prepared for this little item in a notebook from Phil Rogers;¬† “Rangers infielder Omar Vizquel has three pet kangaroos at his home in Seattle.”

The marsupials don’t spend all their time at his home, he apparently brought them to the clubhouse last week. No word on whether or not Frank Francisco went a couple rounds boxing with them…

[Chicago Tribune via With Leather]

10
Mar
09

Omar “Picasso” Vizquel Throws Down Some Paint

When I think of Omar Vizquel, I think of a slick fielding shortstop spraying singles all around the diamond, what I don’t think of is the man using oil paints to paint nudes. But, he is a man of many talents it seems, in September for example, he had an exhibition in a San Francisco art gallery of some of his finer works. Now, I’m no art critic, but I think he’s not half bad, and any time you can have a skeleton hang on a lady’s leg you know you’ve made me happy.

What do y’all think, should he stick with the glove or does he have a lucrative career ahead of him after he hangs up the spikes?

Take Me With You #1[Caldwell Snyder Gallery]

And a hearty thanks to Mattraw for the tip!




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